Islam, South Asia, and the West

Paperback | June 15, 2008

byFrancis Robinson

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Two of the more important developments in world history over the past two centuries have been the expansion of Western power and the revival of Islam. South Asia has played a central role in both process, being the main focus of the imperialism of the British and an important site of theMuslim revival.These essays, which were written over the past ten years, confront some of the key issues raised by some modern developments in South Asia: the interactions between British power and Muslim revivalism in giving shape to the modern Muslim world; the role of knowledge in fashioning Muslim societiesand the rise of the `ulama, to greater influence than ever before. It also explores the great shift from an other-worldly to a this-worldly piety amongst Muslims, the energy this has given the Muslim revival, and its meaning for relations between Islam and the West. The essays are rounded off byreviews of major contributions to the field over the period. Among the themes which emerge are: the influence both of orientalism and of Hindu revivalism on the world of scholarship, and the fact that the world is a better place when we remember the humanity we share.This book offers profound insights to those wishing to understand the background to the interactions of Islam, South Asia and the West in our time.

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Two of the more important developments in world history over the past two centuries have been the expansion of Western power and the revival of Islam. South Asia has played a central role in both process, being the main focus of the imperialism of the British and an important site of theMuslim revival.These essays, which were written ...

Francis Robinson is Professor of the History of South Asia in the University of London, Royal Holloway.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195698355

ISBN - 13:9780195698350

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I1. Knowledge, its transmission and the making of Muslim societies2. The `Ulama of South Asia from 1800 to the midC203. The British Empire and the Muslim World4. The British Empire and Muslim Identity in South Asia5. Living Together Separately: The `Ulama of Farangi Mahall c. 1700- c. 19506. Women as patrons of art and culture: the Begums of Bhopal7. Other-Worldly and This-Worldly Islam and the Islamic Revival8. Islam and the West: Clash of Civilisations?Part II: Responses to major contributions on Islamic and South Asian History9. Modern Islam and the Green Menace10. Never argue with the camel-driver11. Through the minefield12. House of mirrors13. A greater Raj14. Glimpses of a lost world15. A pit full of honey16. The music of the Sufis17. When India ruled the waves18. Mixed fortunes19. Between two worlds20. Thoroughly modern Muslims21. Heroes in the harem22. Stories from the cradle23. No fun, no bread, no chance24. Islamic contestations